ResearchThe Weekly (8/25)

The Weekly (8/25)

Aug 25, 2023

In a world of streamlined efficiencies and technological hacks, it's tempting to believe even the messiest stuff would have been smoothed over by progress. Some things, however, just get tougher. Take, for instance, the thorny issue of divorce. According to legal experts and research studies, the months of March and August are peak months for splits.

With an average cost of $15,000 per person, divorce doesn't come cheap. And if complications like custody battles come into play, that price can soar to over $100,000. Particularly this August, the financial burden comes against the backdrop of a more significant and looming cost-of-living crisis.

This cost-of-living crisis is characterized by the decline in real disposable incomes after adjusting for inflation and taxes, i.e., your wallet on a diet. It comes as the result of record inflation and interest rates that threaten to outpace household incomes, creating a disparity that could persist for years. These financial pressures have emerged not only as pivotal factors in managing your expenses but also as key players in marital breakups.

Consider the process of splitting assets. Even under regular circumstances, dividing things up can be a challenge. However, when mixed with a volatile stock market, declining property values, and reduced purchasing power, things get even trickier.

Juggling the financial demands of two households with limited resources can be difficult. Rising utility bills and fuel costs only add to the financial strain, intensifying the difficulty of making decisions about property, mortgages, and spousal support. 

In the example of dividing property, in today’s environment, it's not just about dividing the pie – you also have to consider ongoing fluctuation in values and anticipate further market shifts. And while low-interest rates open the door to refinancing for equitable property division, the intricacies of mortgages, such as removing a co-signer, can turn into a financial labyrinth, demanding careful comprehension for the right money moves.

As the economy continues twisting and turning, divorce isn't merely about untangling emotions; it's also about analyzing spreadsheets and navigating the fine print. In a world where technology often appears to smooth out every wrinkle, divorce serves as a reminder that life's messiest problems never really lose their edge.

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